Nexans' New Cable-Laying Vessel to Bring More Clean Energy to the World

  • Nexans' New Cable-Laying Vessel to Bring More Clean Energy to the WorldCommitted to facilitating the transition to clean energy and the development of energy networks between countries, Nexans is building a new vessel for submarine high voltage (HV) cable installation.

  • The state of the art ship will ensure safe and efficient transport and installation of cable systems worldwide.

  • The construction of the vessel is part of Nexans’ recently announced initiative to reinforce its manufacturing and installation capacities to meet the growing demand for HV cabling systems, with a particular focus on interconnectors and offshore wind projects worldwide.

Paris La Défense, August 28, 2017As global energy demand continues to grow, the need for clean energy is becoming ever more urgent. In the face of growing concerns around climate change, energy transition is now a top priority on the international agenda. Today, not only are nations developing their own renewable energy strategies, but they are also cooperating with other countries with the aim of optimizing their use of resources by building common infrastructure, both on land and offshore. To drive this fundamental shift in the global energy production and distribution with the ever-increasing importance of clean energy, Nexans is proud to announce that it has started the construction of a new cable-laying vessel for submarine HV cable systems installation.

Nexans' New Cable-Laying Vessel to Bring More Clean Energy to the World

“The construction of this new cable-laying vessel is a fundamental milestone in our commitment to cleaner energy,“ said Arnaud Poupart-Lafarge, Nexans CEO. “For many decades, Nexans has been acting for energy transition and sustainable development. In this next exciting chapter of our capacity to meet customer expectations, the cutting-edge technology of the new ship will enable Nexans to support countries in their development of the unlimited potential of renewable power generation”.

State of the art vessel for submarine cable installation

Built by ULJANIK Group, a Croatia-based shipyard with over 160 years of expertise in construction of all types of vessels, the high capacity Nexans vessel is designed for worldwide installation of large volumes of HVDC and HVAC cable systems, even in the most severe weather conditions. The vessel covers the complete Nexans submarine product range, and has a 10 000-tonne capacity turntable.

The new ship, designed by consulting agency Skipsteknisk AS, encompasses almost 100 years of Nexans’ experience in submarine cable installation and brings it to the next level with high degree of redundancy in power and propulsion, including the highest standard of Dynamic Positioning (IMO class 3) capabilities. The laying equipment allows the vessel to perform complex installation operations of flexible products in shallow to deep water. One of the vessel’s numerous exceptional qualities is the ability to provide various operational modes, including large bundling capacity, targeting the latest and future developments in HVDC cable technology.

“Together with our legendary vessel CLV Nexans Skagerrak, the new ship will reinforce Nexans’ position as a leading player in the growing submarine HV cabling market”, commented Dirk Steinbrink, Senior Executive Vice President High Voltage and Underwater Cable Business Group at Nexans. “With the advanced technology, impressive capacity and the many cable-laying capabilities, this vessel will be one of Nexans’ key strategic assets”.

Aligned with Nexans’ CSR policies and its commitment to sustainable development, the vessel is specifically designed to have a reduced environmental impact. The ship also benefits from the latest requirements for crew safety and vessel security in compliance with the strictest international safety standards.

The cable-laying vessel is expected to be delivered and start operations by Q3 2020.

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Nexans brengt energie tot leven via een uitgebreid assortiment kabels en kabeloplossingen die wereldwijd klanten helpen betere prestaties neer te zetten. De teams van Nexans stellen zich als partners ten dienste van hun klanten in vier grote sectoren: energietransmissie en -distributie (energienetten op het land en onderzees), energiebronnen (olie & gas, mijnbouw en hernieuwbare energiebronnen), transport (weg, spoor, lucht, zee) en bouw (commerciële en residentiële bouw en datacenters). De strategie van Nexans is gebaseerd op de voortdurende innovatie van producten, oplossingen en diensten net als op de ontwikkeling van haar werknemers, de begeleiding van klanten en de introductie van veilige en milieuvriendelijke industriële processen. In 2013 werd Nexans de eerste speler in de kabelindustrie die een Stichting oprichtte om duurzame initiatieven te ondersteunen die achtergestelde gemeenschappen wereldwijd toegang tot energie geven. Nexans is een actief lid van Europacable, de Europese associatie van fabrikanten van draad en kabel, en ondertekende het Europacable Industry Charter. Met dit handvest drukken de leden hun inzet uit voor de beginselen en doelstellingen van ethische, duurzame en hoogwaardige ontwikkeling en productie van kabels. Met een industriële aanwezigheid in 40 landen en commerciële activiteiten wereldwijd biedt Nexans werk aan bijna 26.000 mensen. De Groep realiseerde in 2015 een omzet van 6,2 miljard euro. Nexans is genoteerd op de beurs van NYSE Euronext in Parijs, compartiment A.


ULJANIK Group has two new building shipyards located in Pula and Rijeka. The Group has experience in designing and building various types of vessels such as: Offshore vessels, Jack up platforms, Self-Propelled Cutter Suction Dredger, Trailing Suction Hopper Dredger, Livestock carriers, Multi-Purpose vessel, Fishing vessels, Ro-Pax vessels, Ro-Ro vessels, Car-carriers, Passenger ships, Cruise, Ferries, Rail-ferries, Reefers, Wagon carriers, Container vessels, Self-unloading Bulk carriers, Bulk carriers, Vessels for carrying liquid cargoes (Chemical carriers, Product carriers, Asphalt tankers, Tankers, LPG barges, Oil/asphalt tank barges). Orientation towards production and client requirement for tailor made ships has secured ULJANIK Group a high reputation among the shipping companies and in the world maritime circle.
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